LAKE MILLS | A man who stole pigs from a hog confinement near Lake Mills in the fall of 2017 has been given a 10-year suspended prison sentence.
Robert Lee Morales, 21, Benito, Texas, formerly of Buffalo Center, was put on probation for five years Tuesday after pleading guilty to one count of felony first-degree theft.
He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, as well as $21,882 in victim restitution.
A related charge of felony third-degree burglary was dismissed through a plea bargain.
The theft of pigs from the Christensen Farms hog confinement operation in the 40500 block of 200th Avenue took place on Nov. 4, 2017, according to a criminal complaint.
After midnight on Nov. 5, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office received a report of pigs squealing in the 100 block of First Avenue East in Thompson.
A deputy who responded to the scene reported seeing approximately 50 pigs in a snowmobile trailer with sides on it that had a flat tire.
The deputy knocked on all the apartment doors in the building the trailer was parked in front of, but no one would answer, according to the complaint.
The deputy sat a couple of blocks away to see if anyone would leave the building. When he came back 10 minutes later, the pigs were gone, according to the complaint.
The trailer was still there, but two vehicles that were at the scene earlier were missing, the complaint stated.
Later that day the deputy spoke to a representative from Christensen Farms, who told him 150 pigs were stolen from a hog site.
Morales' co-defendant, David Cortez Jr., 35, Lake Mills, is scheduled to go to trial April 10 for first-degree theft and third-degree burglary.
North Iowa crime and courts news for February (with mugshots)
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MASON CITY | A trial date has been moved to May for a Mason City man charged with vehicular homicide in a motorcycle crash that killed a Mason City woman in September.
MASON CITY | The trial date for a Mason City man accused of stabbing multiple people at a downtown Mason City bar on the Fourth of July has been moved to March.
FLOYD COUNTY | An Iowa City man faces several charges including a felony for leading officials on a brief chase that topped speeds of 100 mph on Friday night.
MASON CITY - Two men and one woman were arrested after a search warrant yielded pounds marijuana and edibles containing marijuana at a Mason City home.
CLEAR LAKE - A Minnesota man was arrested and brought back to Cerro Gordo County Tuesday for allegedly stealing a truck in August.
MASON CITY - A woman was treated and released Tuesday after she stabbed herself in a court hearing at Cerro Gordo County Courthouse, officials said.
MASON CITY | A Mason City man who was shot by a railroad officer Nov. 29 has been released from the hospital two months later, officials say.
FOREST CITY | A Forest City man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in connection with a string of storage unit burglaries in which a number of items were stolen, including a motorcycle.
CLEAR LAKE - Police are investigating a possible theft of “precious heirlooms” from a Winter Dance Party event.
CLEAR LAKE - Two Iowa men were arrested Thursday night after leading law enforcement on a chase through Clear Lake.
MASON CITY | A disabled Garner man lost a lawsuit against Mills Fleet Farm at trial Friday.
MASON CITY | A Britt man accused of sexually assaulting a girl in Hancock County has taken a plea deal.
BRITT - A North Iowa teacher was arrested for her third OWI, according to police.
MASON CITY - A Mason City man was arrested for delivering meth to an informant in August.
MASON CITY - A wanted Mason City man was arrested after leading police on a chase throughout Mason City early Thursday morning.
CLEAR LAKE | Clear Lake Police arrested a 59-year-old man on Friday afternoon in connection with the theft of “precious heirlooms” from a Winter Dance Party event.
An Iowa man faces a ninth drunken driving charge after authorities responded to a report of a potentially impaired driver at a Pardeeville, Wisconsin, bar last week.
MASON CITY | A Texas man was injured and cited Friday evening after flipping his Ford pickup off county road B-20 just east of the intersection with Interstate 35.
EAGLE GROVE | The former treasurer of the Eagle Grove Sports Boosters club is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the group that supports local student-athletes and helps purchase equipment for the school district.
CHARLES CITY | A Osage Community Schools administrator is on paid administrative leave after he was charged with an OWI in Charles City over the weekend.
MASON CITY - Tips from the public have helped identify two women, according to police.
LAKE MILLS | A Lake Mills man arrested in November for allegedly hiding a kidnapping suspect in his home is now accused of stealing $20,000 in tools from a Thompson business.